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Overrated West Coast IPA - Surly Brewing Company

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Overrated West Coast IPAOverrated West Coast IPA

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214 Reviews
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Reviews: 214
Hads: 1,486
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 20.59%
Wants: 129
Gots: 229 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 02-05-2013

It's been said; "Its easier to brew an extremely hoppy beer than an extremely balanced beer." And you know us, we are always looking for the easy way out, so we jumped on the West Coast IPA Bandwagon and brewed this dry and hoppy ale. "Surly's a little bit of a one-trick pony, they just brew gimmick beers," and maybe we are OVERRATED, but at the end of the day it's just a beer. If yo like it, great, so do we. If you only liked us when we were small, then leave this one on the shelf. Let one of the fanyboys grab it.
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Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: A wonderful golden hue that's nearly clear. Has moderate carbonation, poured into a snifter and settled into a thin white head.
S: An abundance of hop citrus, orange, grapefruit, and a little herbal character.
O: The grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, and other citrus flavors come to the forefront and last for the entire tasting experience, but it's balanced by a pleasing malt backbone, and it's not so overpowering hoppy that it becomes overly bitter. Rather, it provides some sweetness and a touch of bitterness at the finish.
M: Malt is light and a little bready but it also provides a necessary counterbalance against the hops.
O: It's smooth, crisp, and has a lot dimension to it, and among West Coast IPAs, it's one of my favorites.

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Photo of 98green
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Links taphouse in Chicago. West coast ipas are a thing for a reason, and that is because they are awesome. This one is very good, so even if it is a gimmick it is well done. A solid beer

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Photo of anonymoose
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Old can. The beer has a hazy orange color. The aroma is malt. The taste is a typical malty west coast IPA. The name kind of explains itself unfortunately.

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Photo of dd43
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It's hard to know what to make of the whole west coast vs east coast IPA thing anymore. Everyone can brew IPAs to any sort of style benchmark. This offering from Surly is rather delicious and blissfully simple to drink. As an IPA specifically targeting the west coast style, I was looking for a little more of that pine bitterness and more of the onion/garlic kind of character often referred to as "dank". The mouthfeel on this hazy orange beer is great, nicely carbonated and the alcohol is not detectable despite clocking in at over 7% ABV. Good citrus aromas but could have been a little more aggressive in that regard. Still, I'd happily order one of these at the pub and would delight in being able to pick up a four pack if Surly had CT distribution.

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Photo of pghsensation
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A nice amber hazy look. An aroma and taste typical of a good west coast IPA. The finish is less citrus and pine than u would think. Overall, a solid hoppy offering in the west coast IPA style.

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Photo of stakem
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Kegatron for the hookup on this one. Pounder can appears a hazy golden color with yellowish stained cap that fades leaving spotty lace.

This smells pungent with cheesy, herbal and fruity hops. Its got some dankness to it with a touch of caramel malt sweetness to contrast.

This tastes herbal with a touch of caramel malt that barely provides some contrasting sweetness against the bitter hops. A little cheesy and dank with pine but easy to enjoy.

This is medium bodied and modestly carbonated. A pleasantly hoppy and complex ipa thats enjoyable.

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Photo of AllDayIPA23
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade. Strong hop aroma and taste. Good job making the citrus fruits stand out in the nose and taste.

Having now had the opportunity to enjoy Furious and Todd the Axeman from Surly, Over Rated doesn't stack as high, but an overall solid IPA.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - nice golden/copper amber color that's clear with an eggshell white head that sticks and leaves nice lacing
S - slight dankness, hop resin, ganja, tropical fruits - mango, pineapple, papaya
T - follows the nose, tropical fruits - mango, pineapple, papaya, orange/lemon/lime peel, less dankness on the taste than on the nose
M - light-medium mouthfeel, alc covered, aftertaste is bitter, orange/lemon/lime peel
O - decent beer, I'd buy it again, at a month old the hop character is still great.

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Photo of tlema1
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: bright golden color, tight white head
S: dank, pine, resin, faint citrus
T: similar to the nose, but with a dry bitter finish
F: light bodied, light mouthfeel
O: not my favorite Surly offering, but enjoyable

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Photo of unclekeith
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

5 week old can in an IPA glass

L: Straw yellow, with 2 finger white head, minimal but stubborn lacing
S: Citrus, piney hops!
T: Dank hoppy resin, nice bitterness
F: Nothing special - nice balance
O: A fine IPA, prefer other Surly offerings

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Photo of kbwalters
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured cold into a tulip glass; bottled within 2 weeks of consumption.
Look = 4.25 Pours a cloudy golden orange with 3 fingers of off white, thick, frothy head. Great retention and lace.
Aroma = 4.0 Citrus and piney hop goodness but also a thick sweet toffee malt backbone. Fairly strong aroma overall.
Taste = 4.0 Pine hoppy notes lead the way with light citrus or fruity notes and a sweet finish that leads into a moderate bitter finish.
Feel = 4.25 Medium bodied with medium carbonation; a little syrupy, a little resiny, good for style.
Drinkability = 4.0 West coast IPA with a decent bitter bite.
Overall = 4.075 A pretty solid west coast IPA more piney than citrusy.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can was about 1 month old.

Pours an amber orange color. Nice citrus hops, grapefruit, bready malts, and fruity malts. Medium body, no bitterness, low carbonation.

Overall a decent beer. Not a hop bomb but good....would like to try it again fresher.

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Photo of jhavs
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served at the brewery tap room in Minneapolis in their chalice.

A= Medium amber with medium haze. White head with lacing that rings the glass as I sip.

S= Sweet malt, toasty malt, citrus and some grassy or pine hints.

T= Lots of bitterness with citrus and a bit of tropical hop flavor, toasty malts and some malt sweetness in the background of the bitterness.

M=Moderate level of carbonation and medium body.

O= Good IPA, lots of bitterness but enough malt to give it some sense of balance, would drink it again, but would choose Axe Man first if offered.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can. Bright clear light amber color, thin white head. Nose is faint tangerine. Citrusy hops are the flavor throughout, orange and grapefruit peel. Crisp and clean with just enough malt sweetness to balance. Finish is not very dry. Mouthfeel is medium. Overall this is a very solid, hop forward, good tasting IPA.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy gold under a 1.5” foam cap with persistent multi-sized bubbles. S: Fresh meadow. T: Starts creamy malty with light fruit and then the hops come on board and it finishes with a lingering grapefruit rind bitterness. F: Creamy medium body and carbonation O: has that West Coast hop character.

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Photo of golf_sierra
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Tasty. Definitely the piney west coast kind of hoppy, dry finish. Solid bitterness, minimal sweetness.Well carbed, but a bit thin feeling. Love the 16 oz can.

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Photo of laketang
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

great amber color, not too dark, can whiff it as you are pouring,citrus bite evident. small tan head. I like it, i'll put it with shlayfly apa as well as smuttynose finestkind, tho I give the edge to finestkind.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottom of can says Canned On: 06/03/15.

A- Pours a hazy medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Super fruity hop nose with a sweetness from the malt that amplifies the aroma.

T- The taste varies a bit from the smell. Hits of pineapple, tangerine and grapefruit here and there but it's the big bitterness that reigns over the the profile. The malt provides a bit of balance but the hops end up dominating.

M- Sharp from the hops with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Ironically enough, I'd say this is about on-par with the current score of 92 it has.

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Photo of drpimento
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma's really good with fruit, malt, caramel, hops, herbs, grass. Appearance is good too with a nice head that settles after a bit, good lacing, and a clear gold amber color. Flavor to me is a slightly modified West Coast Style or, West Coast interpreted. Loads of hops and their bitterness, good strength, and in this case, a little more balancing malt ( which I like ). Slightly medicinal finish. Gimme another.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a 4 week old tallboy into an imperial pint

a: hazy pale pineapple gold with a tinge of orange and a 2 finger puffy white head that leaves great lacing...looks good.
s: grapefruit rind, lemon peel, pineapple, very faint herbal notes, caramel and bready malts...a little too sweet to be ideal for me, but...
t: what one expects from the nose...nice layered approach with good things at each step. sweetness, some light peppery spiciness and citric hoppy bitterness linger
f: medium to maybe a little low on the carbonation. plenty of hop oils coating my mouth. a little more oily and sticky than is ideal for a west coast style ipa imho, but still plenty enjoyable.

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Photo of oberon
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an orange infused hazed lighter golden with a great looking almost creamy-like sticky white head atop.Whoa man the tangerine and ruby red grapefruit are just jumping out at me in the nose,a bit of caramel thrown in makes it more than inviting to say the least.On the sweeter side on the palate,almost candied flavored hoppy goodness with a hefty caramel base,like sweet hop juice.Not for the non hophead, but it is on the sweeter side but damn I love it.

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Photo of Moose90
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz can dated "05/04/15 F2901" poured into 16oz tulip

A — Pours a light hazy orange hue, there is a light caramel colored head that forms and leaves behind minimalist lacing.

S — Smells mostly malty, little bit of juicy fruit tones, mango and light pineapple.

T — Taste is quite bitter and piney, there is a little bit of a pineapple sweetness to balance it out, lots of sweet light malts as well.

M — Light-Medium bodied, there is an adequate amount of carbonation as well.

O — Nice overall, expected a little more, it's certainly hoppy but not what I would really expect from a "West Coast" IPA, too malty.

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Photo of jwc215
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazed golden with a foamy head that lasts. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of robust citrus - grapefruit/orange with some pine.

The taste is of strong citrus - orange, grapefruit - with some pine. A firm, chewy malt backbone ties hops together and adds smoothness.

A "classic" "West Coast" IPA brewed in the Midwest! Very nice! A "hop-head's" delight!

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, slightly Hazy golden orange. The smell is phenomenal! I set it a cross the room and could smell the perfect combination of piney citrus. Extremely balanced APA. Not overbearing piney resin, with slight citrus and malt for balance. Still provides dank. A slight onion/garlic in the end to heighten the feel. Not a lot of carbonation, and is crisp and refreshing. I could drink a lot of these, the 7.3% could sneak up on me however. Another good beer from Surly.

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Photo of kwettig
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance is a very slightly hazy amber color. Head is milky white with good retention. Very similar to the Pliny I'm tasting it with. Pliny being a little cleaner.

Smells like grapefruit with a little lemon/lime zest. Some pine background. Similar to Pliny but less piney and absolutely no danky pine aroma.

Tastes very citrusy, a little sweet, but not overly sweet, with a little lingering pine finish. Not a lot of depth with the hop flavors but refreshing with a bit of bitterness.

Medium carbonation. Not much to say here. Clean, crisp, like this style should be.

Overall I think this is a good beer for the style that it set out to be. I wish I still had a Blind Pig from Russian River to compare this to but if memory serves me I'd say that the Blind Pig has a little more depth for a single IPA but this is still a beer I'd start with and it is available in the area.

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Overrated West Coast IPA from Surly Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.